Porter Family Stadium at Highland Community College Dedicated August 25published August 29, 2018
The 2018 Football season started on a high note for the Scotties, Saturday, August 25 with the dedication of Porter Family Stadium prior to the 29-28 win over Fort Scott Community College of Fort Scott, Kansas.
Guests, Alumni, and supporters were hosted by the Highland Community College Foundation at a tailgate from Noon to 2 p.m. before kick-off at 3 p.m. Barbeque was provided by Rocky ’99 and Carly Ruhnke, music by the Curtis Wayne Stroud Band and remarks given by Highland Community College President, David Reist, Scottie Football Head Coach, Aaron Arnold, and Athletic Director, Tyler Nordman. Guest were also treated to a first-hand look and tour of the new stadium and turf.
“Saturday was a wonderful way to showcase our new field and all the support that went into making it come to life. We have generous alumni, community supporters and friends of the college who really want to see Highland succeed. Porter Family Stadium will allow Highland to compete at the highest level in our conference,” commented Highland Community College President David Reist.
The new football field has replaced the natural surface at Kessinger field with a synthetic turf field. The field features an alternating field green, a 30' Block H logo in navy and yellow. Each end zone is navy and feature 15' yellow block letters with white trim with the west end zone saying "Highland" and the east end zone saying "Scotties."
Porter Family Stadium also now features a LED video scoreboard on the northwest portion of the field. The Daktronics video board and scoreboard is 31'5” high by 32' wide in its full size, while the full video display will be 16' by 28'. It features game footage, replays and interviews.
Leading the charge in the project was a $250,000 gift from Mack Porter of Kearney, Missouri. Mack and his late wife, Mary Helen Porter ’45, have been strong supporters of Highland and have served on the College Foundation board and established an endowed scholarship. Mack Porter and his family were on hand Saturday to cut the ribbon, receive a game ball and start the game with a coin toss.
Other major contributors to the project, totaling over $600,000, include:
Highland End Zone Sponsor:
Great Western Dining
Scottie End Zone Sponsor:
Steve ‘70, Vice President of the Highland Community College Foundation Board, and Donna Reichle
Field Sponsors are:
Jim ’59, former Highland Community College Foundation Board member, and Mary Ann Hosier
Mike ’74, Highland Community College Foundation Board member, and Debbie Hundley
The H Factor Sponsor is:
Brian ‘94 & Candi Wozniak ‘94
Yard Line Sponsors are:
Jere & Patty ’50 Bruning, the Highland Jr. College Homecoming Queen
Heather ‘01 and Chad Clark of Clark Family Dentistry
Willie ‘98 and Katie ’02 Geisendorf
John & Lois Patton
Rocky ’99 and Carly Ruhnke
Tom ’68, Highland Community College Trustee, and Elizabeth Smith ’68.
Kevin ’91 and Kim ‘92 Gormley White, Highland Community College Foundation Board member
Scottie Club Sponsors are:
Robert ’79 and Patti ‘78 Chauza
Matt ‘79 & Vanetta ‘78, Geiger
Dave ’70, Highland Community College Foundation Board member, and Jean Holthaus
Tyler ’09, Highland Community College Athletic Director, and Stephanie Nordman
Doug ‘83 and Connie Sterbenz
Jerome Stone ‘87
John ‘84 and Kelly ’83 Twombly
Touchdown Club Sponsors are:
Chris ‘93 and Jody Hipp
Tracy ‘82 and Denise Streeter
Field Goal Club:
Matt and Stephanie Peterson
First Down Club Sponsors are:
Mark ’83 and Linda Crider
Joe ’99 and Sarah Swain
Jason Swift ‘93
Dan ‘76 and Marcia Brenner
Linda Joyce in memory of Terry Joyce ‘74
PAT Club Sponsors are:
Rosemary ‘78 and Les Wilkerson
Rodney “Tex” Davis ’83
Dan ‘74 and Roxann Kell
Shawn Marney ’94
Anthony ‘77 and Sarah Geiger
Evette Edmonson ‘91
The Porter Family Stadium is the first phase of the Athletic Complex Initiative. Additional initiatives include a new track, and construction of new baseball and auxiliary fields west of the Wellness Center.
Since 1858 Highland Community College, the first college in the state of Kansas, has been providing quality education in Northeast Kansas, serves nine counties and 3,600 students from around the world. Learn more at www.highlandcc.edu.